Last night I had the opportunity to hear Erik Walh speak and I was blown away! Erik Wahl was described in the program as an internationally recognized grafitti artist, author and entrepreneur.
I have to say they could have just said Erik Wahl is a rock star who will knock your socks off with his inspiration.
This keynote speech truly hit me and made me think, tear up a bit and get incredibly inspired.
You may be wondering why in the world is she sharing this with us and what do we care about a guy painting on stage….
Here’s the thing Erik Wahl didn’t start painting until he was 30 years old. When he was young he loved painting, coloring and being artistic until a 4th grade teacher told him he would never be an artist. They told him he colored to quickly and that he didn’t stay in the lines or use the right colors.
These words haunted Eric for years. He went on to follow the straight line path that he thought he was supposed to follow in life. College get a good job and just be.
At the age of 30 Erik lost everything and had to figure out what to do with his life. A friend told him to get out and travel or start doing some art something so that he would break out of his funk. Erik couldn’t afford to get out and travel so he started painting. Over time he broke out of the lines and rigid forms he thought he had to follow and became the person he is now.
Erik reminded each of us that it pays to take a risk and it pays to be disrupted.
Yes we can all follow the nice easy street that goes in a straight line and gets us from point a to b OR we can make our own road and achieve what we want to achieve.
Erik challenged each of us to pull out a box of crayons and just enjoy them. He told us that the scent of crayons is known to lower blood pressure in adults.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I used a crayon……I am challenging myself to sit down with a box of crayons and just play. I hope you will join me in this challenge.
What can we accomplish if we just break down the barriers and live LIFE?
What can we accomplish if we let go of the negative thoughts and fears that haunt our lives and try something new?
What can we accomplish if we build emotional connections and truly appreciate life?